Volunteer in Belgium

International Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels
Brussels       April 9 - April 21, 2019

Volunteer project: The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is a 13-day film festival featuring horror, thriller and science fiction films. 2000 artists and industry professionals are invited to share their passion and experience about cinema in a fantastic atmosphere. It is a unique concept and one of the most important festivals for genre films in the world. It welcomes more than 50 000 spectators every year and more than 150 films from many different countries are shown.
The festival is composed of international film competitions, face and body painting contests, many creative workshops and master classes, a special day dedicated to Japan Animation, a Zombie Parade, and many more crazy events!

The international volunteers will join the local team of more than 100 volunteers. They have to be prepared to work at least 5 hours a day. Different tasks will be given as the festival goes, but volunteers will mainly work with the public: ticket control, public circulation, general information… Volunteers might also have some manual tasks before and after the festival.
The project takes place in the Palais des Beaux-Arts, in the very center of the city.

Volunteers have to be extremely motivated, flexible, reliable and enthusiastic. And most importantly, they must love cinema and the fantastic genre in particular!

Possible free time activities: After work, you will be able to enjoy the films and events of the festival. There's numerous cultural sites and events in Brussels and the region. There's also opportunities for sports and outdoor activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: The international volunteers will be welcomed by local volunteers who have been involved with the Festival for many years. You will be hosted “couchsurfing” style in order to facilitate the intercultural exchanges, to create new friendships and to spread the motivation among the participants! All the hosts will be located in Brussels. You need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Brussels

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Extra fee: 95 Euro

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International Rock Festival of Dour
Dour       July 9 - July 15, 2019

Volunteer project: Dour Festival is a five-day music festival with more than 200 artists performing on six stages. More than anything, it is a unique concept and a wonderful atmosphere. The line-up is more international than ever, however a large part of the program is dedicated to Belgian artists.

Once again we expect to relive Dour Festival’s unique atmosphere this year, which has gained the festival a reputation worldwide. Over the five days, an eclectic crowd live together, letting cultural and social differences slide. The festival-goers create a sort of energy that is hard to describe. Perhaps this is due to the diverse line-up – so abundant, coherent, and challenging that you get the impression that everything is possible. The festival crowd is open-minded and passionate for music in the broadest sense of the word.
On the media side of things, the coverage of the festival each year is vast, with more than 1000 journalists turning out. Last year we noted the presence of journalists from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, Poland, Reunion Island and the USA.

The volunteers will be part of the Green Brigade, helping keep the area clean and tidy. The team will collect and recycle waste to ensure nice and safe grounds for the festival-goers. Volunteers will also do some manual work: building stages, carrying materials, etc. The tasks could be heavy and repetitive at times.

The volunteers in this project will have the chance to discover various sides of the festival organization. Volunteers have to be flexible and enthusiastic. And most importantly, they must love music!

The volunteers will work about 6 hours a day, probably early in the morning. During the time off, volunteers are free to enjoy the festival and the concerts (concerts start at noon and end at 5.00 a.m.).

Possible free time activities: The nearby Dour and Mons offer various opportunities for free time activities (museum, Scientific Adventure Park, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, cinema, etc.). There are also opportunities for sports and outdoor activities, as well as many opportunities offered by the natural environment (La Chaîne des Terrils, le Parc Naturel des Hauts-Pays, l'Insectarium, les sentiers de grande randonnée, etc.).

Language: English or French

Accommodation: A camping site is reserved for the volunteers. It is well located, in a quiet environment outside the festival grounds. You need to bring your camping gear (tent, mattress, sleeping bag).

Location: Dour, Province of Hainaut

Nearest airports: Charleroi Bruxelles-Sud, Bruxelles (Zaventem), Lille-Lesquin

Nearest train station: Saint-Hislain, Mons

Nearest TGV stations: Mons, Bruxelles, Lille

Age range: 18 - 40 years old 

Extra fee: 60 Euro

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Long-term projects in Belgium